The new Panasonic AG-AC8PJ will sell for only $1,200 in the USA
The new Panasonic AG-AC8PJ will offer an affordable new option for folks that like having a shoulder mounted camcorder, a long 21x optical zoom, and a long lasting battery. B&H Photo is accepting pre-orders for only $1,200. This camcorder will come with a standard 5 year warranty, far superior to most camcorders in its price range.
It will record AVCHD 1080/60p at 28Mbps using 3 sensors, has dual card slots, has both a built-in and also an external stereo shotgun microphone standard, as well as zebras and manual focus assist.
Here is a link to the product's official announcement:
Here is a video talking all about the features of this camcorder:
Panasonic actually considers this to be one of their professional camcorders, which is why they are giving it their professional 5 year warranty.
Where does it say 3 chips? It's most-likely only 1 chip unless you can show me where you read that unlike the AC90 which does have a 3MOS design. Plus it only has 1 ring verses 3 of the AC90 and I believe it doesn't have XLR inputs. I don't even know it has a native 24p mode since their is no mention of it in the press release. It's $1,200 because it's a very low range camera.
I think that you are right about it not being a 3MOS camera like the AC90 or X920.
I've made yet another error. My brain continues to misfire and get info mixed up.
Panasonic actually considers this to be one of their professional camcorders...
With those specs, no one else will.
It looks nice enough for a $1200 camcorder, but with that dedicated lens, no XLR, and I suspect 4:2:0 color - it's not even close to a professional camera.
It does have focus peaking though, so could pull some people away from the "should I get a GH3 for video" customer list. While you won't have the lens options and framerates of the GH3, it's also a lot less money once you consider the body, a couple 2.8 mFT lens, mic gear, etc. So there's some sort of market for it.
A 1/4.5" 20.4 Megapixel sensor? Really? Is that a mistake in the press release?
How could you possibly get decent low light performance out of that...
Paulo Teixeira wrote:
It's $1,200 because it's a very low range camera.
But all my customers will think I look so much more professional when using a camera such as this
I am familiar with the quality of panasonics best single sensor cameras (have a few HDC SD-90 i use for pro work) and the quality is exceptional over others this Panasonic AG-AC8PJ would be as good or better but in a more pro looking body...sounds like a winner to me!
Looks professional but the specs don't appear to be any better than the Canon HF G30 and I prefer 20x optical zoom in a hand held.